It’s Blog For Choice Day
January 22, 2008
Today is the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and NARAL America is hosting Blog for Choice Day in honor of that historic decision. To take a page from Feministing’s book, here are the reasons why I vote pro-choice:
Because I believe that in everyone’s right to complete bodily autonomy.
Because I believe that reproductive freedom is not a reward for those who have the means and access to birth control and who can easily afford medical care.
Because I know that outlawing abortion will not cause it to disappear, rather, it will become a dangerous underground procedure that can seriously harm or kill the women who undergo it.
Because President Bush’s Global Gag Rule, a.k.a the Mexico City Policy, is detrimental to the health of women and children around the world.
Because I trust women to make the choice that is best for them and their families.
Because I believe every mother should be willing and every child should be wanted.
Because I am sick and tired of wealthy old white men telling women what they can and can’t do with their bodies.
Because I am horrified by the fact that pharmacists, doctors, and hospitals can still deny sexual assault survivors access to Plan B.
Because the lack of access to birth control, reproductive counseling, and yes, abortions disproportionately affects poor women.
Because women will never achieve total equality with men until they have complete dominion over their bodies, including reproductive freedom.
Because in the United States, no one has the right to force their religious views, beliefs, or opinions on anyone else – and I’ll like to keep it that way.
And for more information on the current state of reproductive rights in the U.S., here is a great article from the Nation by Frances Kissling and Kate Michelman.
And a link to Jezebel’s post on the topic.